Passing of Masamichi Noro Sensei in France

We just received news from French colleague Leo Tamaki that Masamichi Noro Sensei (1935-2013) passed away today in France at the age of 78 after a long illness. At this point, we have not yet received any further details.

Noro Sensei entered the Aikikai Hombu Dojo as an uchideshi in 1955. He was dispatched to France in 1961 as a 5th dan, and became a 6th dan shihan in 1963. Noro later separated from the Aikikai Hombu organization, and in 1979 established Kinomichi (The Way of Ki), which consists of aiki-like movements combined with dance done in a slow-motion manner. He taught for many years at the Centre International Noro Kinomichi in Paris.

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  1. It is with sadness that I learn of yet another loss to the Aikido community of one of O Sensei’s beloved and important direct students.

    While it may be true that Noro Sensei chose to form his own organization, he was certainly not alone in taking advantage of O Sensei’s advice to create his own Aikido. That he did so, and with integrity and correct reigi, makes his loss especially significant.

    It can only be hoped that a definitive legacy from O Sensei, through Noro Sensei, and to the present generation has been preserved. My sincere condolences to his family, supporters and students for their loss.

    May he rest in Peace.

  2. I am so very sad to hear of the passing of Noro Sensei. I first met Sensei in the very early 1960s when he arrived in Europe, he was a regular visitor to the UK. On his first visit to the UK he came with Masahilo Nakazono Sensei.

    Noro Sensei was so different to any of the other Japanese teachers we had previously met which were of the older and more serious generation. Noro Sensei was young, he was approx our age, full of fun and just enjoyed life.

    Before he devoted himself to Kimonichi his Aikido was poweful and dynamic, we gave him the name ` The White Tornado ` as he was the first teacher we had ever seen in a white hakama.

    Rest in peace Noro Sensei.

  3. Before long time I have take part at a kinomichi-course in Cologne (Köln) with Master Noro. During a lesson I was stressful, because there were many people and it was difficult to practice Master Noro’s kinomichi. Master Noro come to me during a lesson and has said “smile”. That was my “key-word” until now. Now I practice Zazen :-)

  4. Andrew Buchanan says:

    Very sad to hear of the death of Sensei Noro. I attended a few of his courses in the 60s and have fond memories of him.

  5. UNFORGETTABLE!!! Those who trained under the leadership of Master NORO, or at least who attended some of his monthly classes, never forgot the wonderful universe of Harmony he was demonstrating in the 70’s, as he was still teaching under the name of ‘Aikido’.

    After one had seen him, the rest of the Budo life could be only devoted to the research of this sense of absolute beauty and harmony he was the only one to show and to express so perfectly.

    From the deepness of my heart, Thank You, Sensei.
    Pascal OLIVIER (Fr).

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